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5 Best All Body Exercises

Updated on October 26, 2015

Whole Body Workout

What does a whole body work out mean? Well it means that you activate all major muscle groups during an exercise period. Let me tell you a secret. Going to the gym and doing 100 crunches or 100 bicep curls is not the most efficient workout. Dynamic full-body motions activates multiple groups of muscles in a single exercise thus reducing the number of exercises you must perform.

Let's get efficient with our workouts using the 5 best full body exercises. These will significantly improve core strength and even cardio performance.

Push-Ups

There is a reason the military focuses on incorporating Push-ups into the routines. They simply work! they ar an excellent move that activates the pectoral, triceps, and deltiod muscles, but they have an even more powerful effect. Pushups require a solid core in order to accomplish the movement. This means you have secondary benefits to the lower back, and abdomen area.

The simple Push-up starts by laying on the floor face down balancing on your toes and pushing the weigh of your body upward.

Pull-Ups

The pull-up is an incredible upper body exercise that again uses the weight of the individual as the resistance. This is also a favorite in the military training excises. Like the Push-up it uses a ton of secondary muscles,the middle and lower trapezius, rhomboids, pectoralis major and minor, deltoids, infraspinatus, latissimus dorsi, teres major,subscapularis, biceps brachii, brachialis, brachioradialis, flexor carpi radialis, flexor carpi ulnaris. it reuires an ultra stable core, strong back muscles and strong arm muscles.

You start the pull-up by grabbing a supported overhead bar with your palms facing away from your body. Lift your weight up until your head reaches the bar. You can do modified exercises by trying different inclines, and using band support.

Burpees

Everyone loves burpees. These guys are probably the best all body work out in one exercise. It requires core strength, upper body strengths, leg strength and has a huge arobic component. In fact studies suggest that doing burpees has the same or better cardio workout than running on a treadmill. So you can get strength and cardio all in one. If you want to go crazy try thrown in some push-ups in the middle of your burpee.

Squats

Rated as the best exercise to tone your butt. This simple yet very effective workout.Squats obviously help to build your leg muscles (including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but they also create an anabolic environment, which promotes body-wide muscle building. it is also a very functional exercise so it will make real-life activities easier. Runners I'm talking to you. Incorporate some squats to you routine. It will make running less strenuous on the legs.

Want to feel even more burn? Simple carry a weight in each hand while doing your squats.

Planks

Want the secret core workout exercise? Time to do the planks. The plank looks like a pushup but you are not actual doing a push-up.Isometric exercises, such as planks, can help you get past strength-training plateaus and improve energy transference between your upper body and lower body.The plank exercise helps strengthen midsection, upper-body and lower-body muscles along the front of your body. Planks also strengthen inner core muscles that support your joints.


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